Today we drove to Valley of the Fire SP with Gloria and Jim. John and I visited here in February 2013 and this was Jim and Gloria's first visit. It is reached via IH 15 north to exit 75 east. The entrance is 15 miles and cost is $10/vehicle.
|Map of Park|
The redstone formations are absolutely beautiful caused by shifting sand dunes during the age of the dinosaurs 150 million years ago. Uplifting and erosion have created this beautiful landscape. The region was inhabited many, many years ago by the "Basket Maker" people and later the Anasazi Pueble farmers from at that time the Moapa Valley.
The Beehives are unusual formations eroded by wind and water.
|Jim & Gloria in Front of Beehive|
|In Front of the Beehive|
|View of Rock Formations from Beehives|
|Stairway to Top|
|Gloria and Jim at Top|
Located in the park is a Visitor Center, several picnic areas, many hiking trails and two campgrounds, some with water and electric. The Visitor Center has several exhibits and interpretive signs. Be sure you bring a picnic lunch and plenty water and drinks.
|Cute Chipmunk..Feed it some Morsels|
Rainbow Vista gives you a panoramic view of multi colored sandstone formations.
White Domes has contrasting colors and features a 1.25 scenic trail. We did this last time.
Enroute to the East entrance we stopped at Seven Sisters and Cabins/Lone Rock.
Seven Sisters features seven red rock formations with picnic areas. My photo from 2013 gave a better view of the rocks.
Cabins features several historic stone cabins built with native sandstone by the CCC in the 1930's as a shelter for travelers of the Arrowhead Trail.
After doing the driving tour, a picnic lunch and visit to the Center, we opted to depart from the East entrance..a nice drive with views of Lake Mead area. It was a good day with lots of pictures taken.
This is definitely a must if visiting Las Vegas.